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What books should I bring to the hospital?

In case you missed it, I’m having surgery tomorrow! I’m having a hemorrhaging disc cut into to remove the part that is pressing on the nerve that runs to my big toe. Turns out you kind of need that nerve! I’ll be staying one night in the hospital and then several days chilling out and not really doing much besides being sure not to hunch while I sit. Therefore, I must read :D.

However, I’ve been warned that they’ll have me on as many painkillers and relaxers as necessary to keep me completely pain free since pain increases your stress level and decreases the amount your body puts towards healing. Therefore, I might be kind of out of it, but probably not as out of it as they say. I have found that I get very few mental side effects from narcotics and relaxants, so I have evidence to back up my confidence ;-). I still want help deciding what books to bring to the hospital and then to the fiancee’s while I recuperate though!

Middle Grade?

There is a fair amount of middle grade sitting on my review pile and it seems like a good choice when I won’t be at 100% mental capacity, hehe. Here are what I have to consider:

Finding Serendipity The Riverman School for Minions Monstrous THe Keepers Castle Hangnail The Map to Everywhere The Glass Sentence

So yeah, lots of middle grade to choose from! I need to hear from you, which of these are particularly awesome? Which have illustrations (do you know if the ARC has them?)?

Books I Really Want to Read

Then there is always the stack of books I’ve been wanting to read for a long while but haven’t gotten to. This could be the perfect chance to read them :D. However, they can’t be too complicated since I’ll probably be pretty mentally tired. So the ones that are really engrossing but pretty quick, I need your thoughts!

The Accidental Highwayman The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories Darkwalker

The Heart of Betrayal Crimson Bound Range of Ghosts


I need to be sure that a book won’t have crying in it though (and I cry easily!) since that probably will pull at stitches D:. So I need advice on which of these will easily hold my interest, not be too hard to read (big words bad ;-) ), and not involve crying that could hurt stitches!

Or maybe I should just stick to the ones on my Kindle so that I don’t have to make other people carry around books…. But it will be other people carrying the books sooooooo, that’s okay right? ;-)

Wish me luck and tell me which of these you think I should read first! I’ll update you all as soon as I’m coherent and settled at home :) <3. And if the worst should happen, remember that I love you!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya



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  1. I hope that everything went well and that you have a fast recovery! I’d say read a bit of both. MG can be good if you don’t want to have to think too much, but you’ll probably enjoy more something that you really want to read. Maybe pick something that you want to read that doesn’t have a very complicated plot. I haven’t read any of these books though, so I can’t really suggest any. I love the cover of The Glass Sentence, but that’s not the best way of picking what to read.
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    • Hehe, I still need to read The Glass Sentence (and it is also MG!) but I think the awesome cover is backed up by a great book from what I’ve heard ;-)

  2. I hope it went well!

  3. Middle grade books are always a good alternative! A lot of my favorite books are actually in this genre :D will whisper a prayer for you Anya!
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    • Thanks! Oh yeah, middle grade is so much fun and when it’s awesome, it is better than any other age range :D

  4. I recently read Finding Serendipity and I loved it. Though the ARC does have some illustrations they’re not finished. I hope everything goes well with your surgery!
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    • Thanks! I actually did end up reading Finding Serendipity and it was perfect :D. I bought the hardcover to check out the illustrations finished and they are so lovely!

  5. Have a complication free and speedy recovery! I’m going to look at Monstrous myself soon, otherwise, I don’t know. Haven’t read any of them.

    It’s usually comfier to read on a Kindle when you’re stuck in bed forever, though :P Or that’s what I’ve found!

  6. Adelynne Chang says:

    Monstrous looks like a great middle grade book to read! Crimson Bound is one of my most anticipated 2015 releases as well. :)

    I wish you the best of luck! Hopefully you’ll be back soon and feeling great.

  7. Best of luck and get well soon! I would suggest a book that is lighthearted and will make you smile. :)
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  8. Good luck with the surgery!

    I haven’t read most of these, so I’m afraid I’m not particularly useful. I have, however, read several books by Elizabeth Bear and suspect you’ll probably want to avoid Range of Ghosts. :( All the other books of hers I’ve read would be too hard to read at the moment.

    I wish I could offer a “Read this!” recommendations to go with it, but the only other book in your pile that I (vaguely) recognise is the Rae Carson book and I haven’t read that either. I do agree with the general suggestions of MG books, rereading and what’s on your Kindle, though! I hope you’ll be able to find some great reads while you’re recovering!
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    • Thanks! Range of Ghosts is still on my TBR pile, but I’ll keep in mind that it is mentally involved ;-)

  9. =( I hadn’t realised you were going into hospital. I hope your time there is stress-free. Hopefully it’l come and go in no time. c: I recognise some of those books… but not enough to recommend one you can read that WON’T be mentally draining! Whichever one you choose – I hope you enjoy it.
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  10. Haha yeah, that nerve is just a bit important. Good luck with your surgery!

    MG is the perfect thing if you don’t think you’re going to be entirely with it. All those books up there I haven’t read yet, but I do own The Glass Sentence!

    Sticking to the kindle (or at least having it with you) is another good idea because then you don’t have to worry about running out of books!
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  11. I haven’t read any of those books, so I can’t help you there. My suggestion would be to download a bunch of audio books from your library. That way, if you’re too groggy and zoned out to keep your eyes open or to focus on the page, you can at least still get your reading in!

  12. So I haven’t read any of these except for Crimson Bound, and that one was AMAZING. I don’t remember it being too wordy, and no tears over here! I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow and you heal quickly!
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    • I ended up putting off Crimson Bound but just finished it a week or two ago and it was awesome! I might have freaked myself out at the hospital at night reading it though haha

  13. I haven’t read any of those books yet, so no idea; but I might recommend taking some audiobooks with you? I’m guessing/hoping you won’t be in as bad a shape as my dad was after the kidney thing, but it might be good to have something you don’t have to worry about holding and that you don’t have to “concentrate” to read as much. Good luck! I’ll be praying everything goes well!
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    • Thanks! Yeah, audiobooks would have worked well if I’d had more trouble with recovery, fortunately I did have my phone with Audible with me ;-)

  14. Good luck! I’ve found that middle grade are perfect for hospitals. I read the entire Skulduggery Pleasant series last fall. They had plenty of humor so they worked nicely. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but Monstrous has been on my list forever. I hope you feel better.

    • Thanks! Yes, humor is so nice to have in books when reading in stressful situations, I’ll have to check out Skulduggery Pleasant :D

  15. Mid-grade and YA sound like great ideas for reading when painkillers may make your mind wander. I did that a bit, when I was recovering from surgery. Makes for wonderful relaxation stuff, so long as you’re enjoying the book.

  16. Wishing you good luck on your surgery and a speedy recovery! :)

  17. Best of luck with the surgery, Anya, wishing you a speedy recovery :) I’d recommend something light/fun to read and, as Dragana mentioned, an eReader just to make it easier to take with you :)

  18. Good luck! I say bring your kindle and load it up with all the things so you can decide based on how you feel.

  19. Last time I had surgery I kind of just went with my kindle because my mood on drugs was a little all over the place. I would say stick with your kindle (as books may be a little hard to get comfortable and read) and keep some audiobooks handy too!
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  20. I hope your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery! I haven’t heard of any of the books you listed so can’t help you on the reading front. Although, I would suggest a physical novel, how often do you have a really good excuse to have someone else lug a book around for you.
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  21. I like Anne’s idea! Though I love the The Girl Of Fire And Thorns Stories cover. I haven’t read that series yet. Have you, Anya? If you did, what did you think of it?

  22. Good luck at surgery. I hope everything goes well!
    As for books. As someone who spent some time in hospital for various reasons, I can give you my advice:
    – Go with Kindle. Easier to hold and you can read in the dark without getting up to turn the light on or off (if you have paperwhite or case with light).
    – Read the books you love and that will relax you. Maybe even re-read some favorite?
    I usually read something sweet with romance and lot of adventure. From your pile I only read ‘Crimson Bound’ and it was meh kind of book. Not as good as Cruel Beauty…
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    • Having the kindle was definitely useful, though my problem was figuring out how to turn out the lights, not turn them on haha!

  23. I hope your surgery goes well!
    I always have a hard time picking just one book to take anywhere so I would probably take the whole pile. :-)
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    • It went super well :D I ended up smuggling in more than the boy thought I was bringing but it was worth it!

  24. Best of luck on your surgery! Hope your recovery is speedy and that you can read! I say bring em all and let your mood determine!
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